The Healthy Dog Expo is coming to Albany, New York, in April, and you are invited. Dr. Laurie Coger, practicing veterinarian of 26 years, is scratching a niche that is long overdue in the dog world. Here’s what to expect at this year’s expo:
Who is Dr. Laurie Coger?
We first encountered Dr. Coger after picking up a copy of her book, Vaccines Explained: The Wholistic Vet’s Guide to Vaccinating Your Dog. Our first Cocker Spaniel, Brandy Noel, developed a cancerous mast cell tumor at the site of yearly vaccine injection. This was back in the 90s when getting yearly vaccines was just what we did. When you have a dog who gets mast cell cancer – a lump that resembled a pimple – at the site of then “yearly vaccines,” a dog mom’s life never stays the same after that. My how times have changed.
Dr. Coger’s practice and dog care philosophy emphasize natural methods and care. She regularly integrates chiropractic, low level laser, herbal, nutritional, and physical therapy techniques into her treatment plans. She is a staunch advocate of raw, natural diets.
Coger is a Cornell grade, both undergraduate (Animal Science, with Honors, focusing in animal nutrition) and Veterinary College. She currently works at Bloomingrove Veterinary Hospital in Rensselaer, New York, as well as on her own project, the Healthy Dog Workshop, wherein she provides phone consultations. She is also hard at work on her books and articles.
Why A Healthy Dog Expo?
“I get loads of questions on natural dog health, both at the vet hospital and by email, Facebook, phone, etc,” Dr. Coger says. “I am blessed to know many experts in the various areas of natural dog health. I’ve always loved connecting people with the answers they need and the people that can help them, so creating this event was a natural step in the path of what I do. “
Who is the Ideal Person to Attend the Expo?
Coger says any dog person who wants to know more about the why, how, and what of natural methods should attend.
“I expect most will have been through a major health challenge with a dog; that usually inspires someone to investigate natural and holistic methods.”
Although pets are not permitted at this year’s expo, Dr. Coger hopes to have this in place for next year’s event.
What Will Attendees Learn?
An understanding and appreciation of alternative approaches, and a sense of hope is what the good doctor wants attendees to feel at the end of the day.
“Too often conventional medicine can only offer a limited number of options,” she shares. “ I want guests to learn that there are natural options they can use individually or in conjunction with traditional methods, that may give a better outcome. They will also learn the value in a proactive, preventative approach – ways in which they can lessen risk and extend life.”
View the day’s agenda and speakers for Healthy Dog Expo here.
The Dogs of Dr. Coger
She has four Australian Shepherds.
“Puck, 7 years, Fame and Flare (affectionately known as the Bark Sisters) are 2 years old. They are all pups of my beloved Trinket, who I sadly lost to cancer last year. I also have Pix, 10 years, who came to my home after my friend and first mentor in dog training and natural diet passed away. I am amazed, and at the same time not surprised, at how he was immediately accepted by my dogs and how quickly he settled in.”
Get More Information
Tickets are on sale, and you can learn more by visiting HealthyDogExpo.com, the Expo Facebook page, and Dr. Coger’s Wholistic Vet page. The event takes place from 8 to 5 on April 7th, just in time for you to get your dog in shape for spring and summer!